Sir Alex Ferguson hails Manchester United’s new partnership with Toshiba as a 'big signing'

With €14.7 million of medical equipment that the Japanese company are providing, along with the refurbishment of Carrington, the Red Devils' manager hopes to have fewer injuries
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes a new high-quality training facility at Carrington is a sign of "fantastic progress" at the club.

The Red Devils suffered the most injuries of any Premier League team during the 2011-12 season and seem to have picked up where they left off this season with key players such as Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Young and Phil Jones still on the treatment table.

However, a €17.2 million refurbishment of United’s training complex at Carrington along with a €14.7m partnership with Toshiba Medical Systems have resulted in what the club describe as "the best club medical centre in world football," something that Sir Alex agrees with, despite the time taken to build it.

"I think they built the pyramids quicker!" Ferguson quipped to reporters.

"But we're getting there and this partnership with Toshiba will add to it with their medical systems bringing a new dimension to sports science and medical treatment for our players.

"This fantastic partnership will put us above most clubs in the world. But it is not just the supply of their medical systems, we're also sharing the experiences together and the new ideas to come out of it. We already have a fantastic medical staff and they will relish the challenge of working with Toshiba.

"Sometimes maybe the supporters don't see that. But we'll see the benefits and the players will appreciate it. This is fantastic progress.

"We made a couple of signings this summer but this is a big signing - probably the most important step forward this club has taken in a long, long time."